Thursday, July 21

Daily Farm Photo: 7/21/05

Wild Mullein In The Creekbed Is Taller Than I Am


  1. Good Morning :) (although it will be good night for me LOL!)
    That is a great photo. It looks like it is a fair bit taller than you too!

  2. What, exactly, is mullein? I'm ashamed I don't know. Great photo though!

  3. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for coming by my blog today, its nice to find yours as a result. Your farm life and bread bakery sounds like a dream come true. The pictures are lovely to look at and daydream over. Im especially amused by Dan the donkey, he's adorable!

  4. Amy,
    Well, I'm a little over 5'5" and Clare's right, it is "a fair bit" taller than I am. So are you impressed? :) Usually the mullein around the farm only gets to be about two or three feet high, so I thought this was pretty impressive. We had a really weird spring, and I guess that made it happy.

    Thanks. No need to be ashamed! (And remember, no question is a stupid question. It took me forever to realize that.:) I didn't know what mullein was either until I moved to the country and was suddenly surrounded by it.

    Here's what well-known herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar, has to say about mullein in her wonderful book, Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal:

    "This is one of my favorite wayside weeds. It is always so stately, sending its flowering stalk sometimes several feet into the sky. That stalk is full of beautiful, fragrant yellow flowers that make the 'world's best oil' for ear infections. Mullein used to be called torch plant or candlestick plant because its long, flowering stalks were dried, dipped in fat or oil, and lit as a slow-burning torch.

    The leaves are used most often and are employed in cough formulas and used for respiratory infections, bronchial infections, and asthma. The leaves are excellent for treating glandular imbalances."

    Thanks, as always, for your kind words. I'm so happy my photo plunked you down in the middle of a wonderful childhood memory. I'm definitely going to have to try some mullein tea.

    Hi Michele,
    Welcome to the farm! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you'll be back soon.

    Well, Dan is just getting more and more fans! I, too, think he is adorable (that's actually the exact word I used to describe him the first time I saw him). And he is definitely amusing--such a character. And you should hear him. Oh my! It's a good thing we don't have any neighbors!

  5. OK, Farmgirl,

    Thanks for educating this 20+ refugee from the country what MULLEIN is!!! Never heard of it growing up in PA, but it sounds like a good alternative to antibiotics, or at least worth trying first!


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